Book Review: Restoring Harmony – Joelle Anthony

Title: Restoring Harmony
Author: Joelle Anthony
ISBN: 9780399252815
Pages: 320
Release Date: May 13, 2010
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Genre: Teen/YA, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Source: Author
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Summary:

The year is 2041 and 16 year old Molly McClure lives on a farming island in Canada.  She knows that life used to be different – after all, her parents have told her stories of life before the Collapse, when the world’s oil supply ran out.  But she’s happy in her farming community and would never dream of leaving, except for a desperate confluence of events.  All of a sudden, Molly finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime, heading to the United States with no idea what’s in store for her.

Review:

Restoring Harmony is a YA dystopian novel, which seem to be all the rage.  However, it’s a book with a twist – while conditions are harsh, they aren’t brutal.  It’s not so dystopian that it’s difficult to imagine how the world as it is right now might come to look like the one in the book.  As a result, the main focus of the novel isn’t centered around an oppressive government or trying to uncover the mysteries that surround the world.  Instead, it’s accepted as a way of life – there isn’t much mystery about it.  This was a really refreshing dystopian novel for that reason – it was something different.

Molly was an appealing character who was resourceful and smart.  She felt the need to protect people, especially those who couldn’t look out for themselves.  She was sympathetic and sweet, and I liked getting to know her in Restoring Harmony.

Though I did enjoy this novel, I did feel that Molly found her way out of difficult situations a little too easily.  She was incredibly lucky during the course of her travels.  While it was nice to read a dystopian book in which everything isn’t doom and gloom, a lot of it seemed too convenient.

Restoring Harmony was an easy read that I enjoyed.  I thought the world created in this novel was believable, and I’d love to revisit it in a sequel.  This novel has a lot of potential if it’s the first in a series, and I hope to read more about Molly in the future!

Comments

  1. I’ll add this to my list. I’m currently trying to find the time to read THE PASSAGE — I should have waited until after BEA, but well, I didn’t want to wait. 🙂

  2. I’ll add this to my list. I’m currently trying to find the time to read THE PASSAGE — I should have waited until after BEA, but well, I didn’t want to wait. 🙂

  3. The book sounds entertaining. I wonder if the target audience would find it as convenient as you did.

  4. The book sounds entertaining. I wonder if the target audience would find it as convenient as you did.

  5. Kathy – Jen (Devourer of Books) said in her review that she thought the target audience might be between MG and YA, and I definitely agree. I think it would be more enjoyable for the target demographic.

  6. Kathy – Jen (Devourer of Books) said in her review that she thought the target audience might be between MG and YA, and I definitely agree. I think it would be more enjoyable for the target demographic.

  7. I really enjoyed this book, but I agree the target demographic might veer a little younger. This one dragged for awhile for me, and I was annoyed by the convenience, but it came together for me in the end. I was also enthralled with the semi-dystopian nature of the novel; it really could happen.

  8. I really enjoyed this book, but I agree the target demographic might veer a little younger. This one dragged for awhile for me, and I was annoyed by the convenience, but it came together for me in the end. I was also enthralled with the semi-dystopian nature of the novel; it really could happen.

  9. i love dystopian literature..
    definitely need to add this to the pile..

    you read too many books that i have interest in… my crave for books thanks you though my freetime is starting to dislike you:)

  10. i love dystopian literature..
    definitely need to add this to the pile..

    you read too many books that i have interest in… my crave for books thanks you though my freetime is starting to dislike you:)

  11. I am always on the lookout for good dystopian lit, so this one sounds intriguing to me. I also like the fact that it’s not a total gloomfest. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention, and for the wonderful review. This one goes on my wish list!

  12. I am always on the lookout for good dystopian lit, so this one sounds intriguing to me. I also like the fact that it’s not a total gloomfest. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention, and for the wonderful review. This one goes on my wish list!

  13. Yes, I’m with Carrie, this was definitely a world that could really happen, which made it more compelling than it might have been otherwise.

  14. Yes, I’m with Carrie, this was definitely a world that could really happen, which made it more compelling than it might have been otherwise.

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